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Violence Research Centre


We are delighted that Fondation Botnar has agreed to fund an 18-month pilot study for Evidence for Better Lives. This study is an interdisciplinary research and impact initiative that aims to enhance the life-chances, health, and wellbeing of children and their families in low resource contexts. It will establish a global network of academics who will work with international, national, and local partners to contribute to more effective policies that protect and support children. It will be supported by a study of child development in eight medium-sized cities, chosen to reflect the diversity of social and cultural conditions across the globe.

The pilot study will help the researchers to test all elements of the scientific part of the study in each of the partner sites. It also includes a training workshop for academics from all partner sites in Cluj, Romania. Additionally, we will conduct needs and resource assessments in each site and continue to build partnerships with local, national and international stakeholders.

Project partners include the University of the West Indies (Jamaica), The University of Ghana, the University of Cape Town (South Africa), the Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), the Health Services Academy (Pakistan), the University of Kelaniya (Sri Lanka), Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Hue), the University of the Philippines, the University College London (UK) and the Queensland University of Technology (Australia). The project will be led by the University of Cambridge.

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